Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living
The deeply personal story of how award-winning personal finance blogger Elizabeth Willard Thames abandoned a successful career in the city and embraced frugality to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life, and retire to a homestead in the Vermont woods at age thirty-two with her husband and daughter.
In 2014, Elizabeth and Nate Thames were conventional 9-5 young urban...more
Meet the Frugalwoods is a book I’ve been looking forward to. About 2 years ago, a friend on Facebook who runs a group about finances recommend a blog in her group- The Frugalwoods (www.frugalwoods.com for anyone interested). I read a ton of their blog posts and got some fantastic finance tips. There were certain things I was never going to do, give up makeup, buying books, clothes ban etc, but I did participate in several no spend months and was able to cut my grocery bill pretty low a ...more
So, I rolled my eyes reading her section on parenting (children don't need things! they just need your time! . . . easy for someone w ...more
From $300 hair cuts, $40 artisan cheese, $500 per month bubbly water and $300 per month hot yoga this woman and her husband have NO CONCEPT OF FRUGALITY. Its a joke - reading this ...more
Some people have criticized this book for using a literary voice fo ...more
a) To be fair, Thames is quick to ...more
The book was ok at best. I felt like she came across as unintentionally preachy, without a true understanding of how the majority of our country lives. She continually said that she knows how privileged she is to be able to make these choices, and then goes on t ...more
Throughout this whole book I couldn’t shake the notion that something just wasn’t right. The numbers don’t add up, how can a couple (with ‘average’ income) save up enough money in 3 years to buy 60 plus acres of woodland with a nice house in Vermont and still have money i ...more
I also ...more
She essentially strong-armed her now husband into proposing (at a very young age but perhaps that's just more American than I can understand) which squicks me out so badly. She ...more
And as I've gotten older, I stopped caring about material things very much. I don't know if that's just a function of getting older or what.
In any event, I did get some inspiration from the book. I can certainly pare back my expenses, and having a goal for saving is important.
This book tries to be a critique of consumerism, and in that regard I think it has some merits. Lifestyle ...more
I have never heard such whiny, judgmental, holier-than-thou and frankly useless BS. Before reading this I thought it would be an interesting look at a different lifestyle, like watching Tiny House Hunters or reading National Geographic. Boy, was I wrong. This woman is AWFUL.
First of all, the actual "instructional" portion that deals with their "lifestyle change" doesn't start until halfway through the book. The first half is just her ...more
I follow their blog for a while now and like it a lot, but I didn't have the same feeling as the book.
It was interesting to read that they felt themselves to be privileged when comparing to the rest of the population. Financial independence is not for everyone but frugality can be and that's what they tried to say, IMO.
Many of their personal experi ...more
I really liked the fact that she clearly puts it out there in the beginning of the book that she and her husband are priv ...more
First off, this is Liz's memoir of her (and hubby's) lifestyle. The book has little to do with achieving financial independence. Granted, Liz does provide examples of ways to save money through living a frugal lif ...more
I appreciated how multiple times the author acknowledges how privileged she and her husband are and how she related that as one of the reasons she was able to become financially independent so early in life. I enjoyed the portion where she talks about how her year in NYC was her almost trying on poverty. I thought it was very hone ...more
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Elizabeth Willard Thames is the personal finance blogger behind the award-winning Frugalwoods.com. At thirty-two she abandoned a successful career in the city and embraced extreme frugality to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life and retire to a sixty-six-acre homestead in the woods of Vermont with her husband and young daughter. Started in April 2014, Frugalwoods is a respected voice in ...more